At least four hostages have died as police stormed two separate hostage sites in France, killing the hostage takers – including the two brothers responsible for the Charlie Hebdo shooting.
French police have stormed two separate hostage sites in the country, as gunmen took innocent people captive in an attempt to avoid capture.
At least four hostages have died, according to multiple sources, in a ‘kosher’ grocery store in Paris after police stormed the building. Several other hostages escaped the building unharmed.
The officers had been engaged in a standoff with Amedy Coulibaly, 32, who – along with fellow suspect, accomplice and supposed girlfriend, 26-year-old Hayat Boumeddiene – shot and killed policewoman Clarissa Jean-Philippe in Paris yesterday. Coulibaly was killed while police commandos stormed the building.
Elsewhere in France, in a print works in the small town of Dammartin-en-Goele, northeast of Paris, Charlie Hebdo suspects and brothers, Cherif and Said Kouachi, were shot and killed when security forces advanced on their hideout.
The pair had fled Paris after killing 12 people at the headquarters of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. Their getaway driver, Mourad Hamyd, turned himself in less than 24 hours later in Charleville-Mezières. He had been encouraged to do so after hearing his name on the news.
The Kouachi brothers had also robbed a service station in northern France while escaping, before turning around and hiding in a forested area between Paris and the petrol station. Counter-terrorism police launched a massive manhunt, which ultimately tracked down the pair.